About the PHCC

San Diego Chapter

PHCC San Diego
Trust - Integrity - Service

The PHCC San Diego Chapter is the local arm of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association in San Diego and Imperial counties. We offer business and technical education, craft apprenticeships, legislative awareness, and networking/philanthropic opportunities to our members and community. We stand strong for the health, safety and comfort of society, and the protection of the environment.

When you see a PHCC patch you know you can trust the technician and their company. The Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association of San Diego is a member-based organization of plumbing and HVACR contractors, technicians, manufacturers and suppliers in San Diego County. Members support and hold each other accountable to provide excellent service based on honesty, trust, and integrity.

PHCC San Diego’s mission is to support and advance our members’ businesses in plumbing, heating and air conditioning service and repair, and in new construction. PHCC San Diego does this by providing education, training, networking, advocacy, scholarships and professional development.

Collectively, the PHCC nationwide is a federation dedicated to the advancement and education of the plumbing and HVACR industry for the health, safety and comfort of society, and the protection of the environment.

History of the
Plumbing-Heating-Cooling-Contractors Association

The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling-Contractors (PHCC) Association, previously known as the National Association of Master Plumbers, was formed in 1883; back during a time when most buildings and homes did not have indoor toilets, working sinks, or essentially, any of the plumbing infrastructure that one might be accustomed to today. The local chapter of the PHCC Association of San Diego was established soon after, in 1892.  


The PHCC Association has more than 3500 members nationwide through local and state chapters with a collective mission dedicated to the advancement and education of the plumbing and HVACR industry for the health, safety and comfort of society, and the protection of the environment. 


The founders of this organization found it prudent to instill the importance of education for tradesmen.  


for the education of its members in sanitation, plumbing, heating, gas fitting and drainage”… “for the establishment of schools…and for the regulation of apprenticing in all such work.” (Documents of Formation, 1905.) 


Eventually, in the 1950’s the National Association of Master Plumbers became the PHCC and throughout the years that followed, the PHCC, local and otherwise, continue these legacy initiatives and aim for  purpose in all future directives.  


Of those chapters throughout the nation, some offer an apprenticeship program for plumbing and even fewer of them offer HVAC-R training. PHCC San Diego Chapter is fortunate enough to offer both.    


Back in 2013, the PHCC of San Diego Association formed the PHCC of San Diego Academy, a 501(c)3 non-profit trade school. This was the opportunity to provide San Diego’s PHC industry a platform for education and growth with the JourneyLevel Plumbing Apprentice program. A few years later, the HVAC-R certification course was implemented.  


The plumbing program is federally accredited by the Department of Labor Bureau of Apprenticeship Training and utilizes the NCCER curriculum. The HVAC-R Certification program is nine months long and follows a combination curriculum built by educators and HVAC technicians in the field.  


Fun Fact, the PHCC San Diego chapter is considered the oldest trade organization on the West Coast. 


And today, the Academy is strong and steadfast. With great staff, improved curriculum, increased number of hands-on labs, adding programs based on the needs of the industry, like Backflow Certification. Efforts are not only in the classroom, however, with an increased focus on community outreach, specifically to San Diego County Agencies, high schools, and the military to reach a wider audience.  


Our office can also act as a recruiter for individuals seeking employment in the P-H-C industry. We do our best to match individuals to members based on their location, experience and initiative. 


Become A Member

While your Membership to PHCC San Diego starts here, the benefits that you will receive as part of the PHCC San Diego family never seem to end. You and your business will remember the day that you joined our family and we look forward to standing by your side as you realize your full potential in San Diego and beyond.